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Alternate post title: Why Charles Jackson is a tool who can quote papers, but doesnt understand what he is reading. I get this question all the time, and its totally valid: How do you tell the difference between an endogenous retrovirus that is shared because of common descent, and a retrovirus that was endogenized independently…

Lentiviruses: Me, and you, and Zaboomafoo

Ive been *patiently* waiting two damn weeks for this paper to come out: A transitional endogenous lentivirus from the genome of a basal primate and implications for lentivirus evolution. Gifford and Katzourakis are the same folks who found RELIK a while back– a lentiviral ERV in a species of European rabbit. This time, after screening…

Ferrets have a super rare ERV!

Ive always wanted a ferret.  When I was little, because of this (1m59s): Now, because of stuff like this: Ferrets arent just super cool pets, they also have a very rare ‘gift’– While all organisms genomes are littered with pirate DNA and endogenous retroviruses, endogenous lentiviruses have only been found in three creatures: Bunnies, lemurs,…